Technology

Plant breeders balance shared innovation, revenue

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Have you thanked a crop breeder today? Public-sector plant breeders (for example, at public universities) have developed crops for better productivity.

Root exudates affect soil stability, water repellency

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As the growing season progresses, you might not notice much about what’s happening to plants under the soil.

Dry the weeds, keep the crops

Interest in organic farming is growing. However, controlling weeds without synthetic herbicides, as organic certification requires, is challenging.

Chesapeake Bay’s nitrogen clean-up crew

A ditch containing woodchips may look unassuming—but with a name like bioreactor it’s guaranteed to be up to more than you think.  

Technology keeps rice fertilizer nice

Farmers make a lot of decisions. One of the most important is how much fertilizer to apply to their crops, and when to apply it.

Research finding ways to inject manure, preserve environment

What’s a responsible farmer to do? Manure injection is an important soil management practice that reduces the chance of manure runoff.

Robotic weeders: to a farm near you?

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The future of weeding is here, and it comes in the form of a robot.

The fingerprints of coastal carbon sinks

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Did you know carbon comes in blue?

Breaking legume’s crop wild relative barrier

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Domesticating plants to grow as crops can turn out to be a double-edged scythe.

Towards a climate-smart Mississippi basin

The Lower Mississippi River Basin’s Delta region lies mainly in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. It is a fertile area that produces many crops.